Bridgend AM celebrates success of Sustrans’ Active Travel School Projects

Over the past year, Sustrans Cymru has supported 36,000 pupils across Wales, changing their journey to school, instilling in them a lifelong appreciation of cycling and walking, while also providing teachers practical yet innovative resources and services to help meet national literacy and numeracy standards. Sustrans’ current Education and Young People Programme, funded by the Welsh Government, has helped bring about a healthier, smarter and greener nation.

In Bridgend County Borough, 6 new schools joined Sustrans in working to reduce the number of pupils being driven to school in 2014. Before starting the scheme with Sustrans, only 7% of children in these schools were cycling regularly to school, but by the end of 2014, this percentage had tripled to 21%.? There was a similar increase in scooting (7% to 22%) and also a small increase in walking.? The percentage of children regularly driven to school has dropped from 53% to 45%.

Bridgend Assembly Member, Carwyn Jones commenting on the scheme said “I was delighted to hear about the success of Sustrans schemes encouraging pupils to walk, cycle or scooter to school. This is great news for the whole community, reducing traffic and creating healthier lifestyles for children across Bridgend. I am pleased that due to funding from the Welsh Government, Sustrans are inspiring a new generation of active travellers.”

Sustrans now works with 20 schools across Bridgend County Borough all together. All 9 schools which Sustrans worked with in 2011/12 have drastically increased the percentage children cycling to school from 10% in 2011 to 18% at the end of 2014 which has reduced the amount of children driven to school from 67% in 2011/12 to 53% in 2013/14.

If your school is not currently involved with Sustrans’ active travel activities and you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch with Sustrans.